Sony PXW-FS7 new firmware V4

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FS7 FW v4

Contents of update to Sony’s PXW-FS7 firmware v4

1. Support for Flexible Spot in Focus setting.
2. Support for XAVC-I 4K 24.00P.
3. Display for Video Signal Monitor is improved.
4. Operability of S&Q setting by assignable button is improved.
5. Remove Basic Authentication from items saved in all file.
6. Auto knee stability is improved.
7. Overall stability and operability of the camera is improved.

My thanks to Rose Jennings for spotting this.

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The new Hasselblad X1D…Medium format camera…£5990 body only

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Hasselblad X1D

Hasselblad had a chance to make this a medium format camera worth buying till they decided to only make it HD 25p…when 24MP cameras like the Sony A6300 has HD 50p and 4K 25p built in, though it should be a great photographic tool by all accounts. The price of £5990 is body only then your 45mm lens will be a further £2009 !

Personally I think Hasselblad were looking to squeeze a medium format camera into a smaller form factor and a price to attract newer professionals who cannot afford their dearer system cameras…Game Changer…you decide !

Hasselblad is proud to introduce the groundbreaking X1D – weighing less than half that of a conventional digital medium format camera, the mirrorless 50MP camera is a game changer in the world of photography.

Inspired by the brand’s iconic design heritage, the camera is ergonomic and compact, offering a handling experience unlike any other. Handmade in Sweden, the X1D combines Scandinavian sensibility with beautiful performance.

Like the iconic V System, the X1D seamlessly combines portability with excellent optical quality for which the brand is renowned. Hasselblad has ingeniously introduced mirrorless technology to digital medium format for the first time ever, creating a precision performance camera that can sit in the palm of your hand. The 50MP CMOS sensor captures the finest details with true natural colours.

Sensor size

Commenting on the announcement Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO noted: “The X1D marks a pivotal point in Hasselblad’s rich 75-year history. This camera makes medium format photography available to a new generation of Hasselblad users, while pushing the existing limits of photography to new heights.”

A completely new family of dedicated autofocus lenses has been developed to support optical quality and portability, offering a wide range of shutter speeds and full flash synchronisation up to 1/2000th second.

Weighing just 725g and including HD video, Wi-Fi and built-in GPS, the X1D is a trusted partner and ideal travel companion. The robust exterior is dust and weather proof, providing durability to take with you wherever you go.

The X1D has been created with passionate photographers in mind, opening up Hasselblad to a new generation of creatives. Ideal for those who want to create the highest quality medium format images with a straightforward and easy to use camera that can fit in the palm of your hand.

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Key features:

  • Compact, lightweight (725g), highly portable and user-friendly medium format technology
  • Large 50MP CMOS medium format sensor delivering up to 14 stops of dynamic range
  • New line of XCD lenses with integral central shutter; 45mm and 90mm available at launch
  • Compatible with all 12 lenses and lens accessories from the Hasselblad professional H System (adapter required)
  • Multiple image format options
  • High quality XGA electronic viewfinder or high resolution rear display with touch functionality
  • Wide range of shutter speeds: 60 minutes to 1/2000th sec. with full flash synchronisation throughout the range
  • An ISO range from 100 to 25,600
  • Dual SD card slots, GPS and Wi-Fi
  • USB 3.0 Type-C connector, Mini HDMI, Audio In/Out
  • Weather and dust sealings
  • HD video
  • Phocus 3.1 for simple and quick raw image processing. Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® compatible.

Back X1D

Video features

First thoughts… For a 50MP medium format camera I was expecting at least 4K video features, at the moment there is only 2 lenses available the 45mm f3.5 and the 90mm f3.5 but is compatible with all 12 lenses and lens accessories from the Hasselblad professional H System (adapter required). This will be one camera that third party Canon\Nikon lenses won’t fit.

Hass lenses

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New Content Aware feature released in Photoshop 2015.5

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Adobe 2015.5

A very useful addition to Photoshop has just been released today in version 2015.5

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IN or OUT “Here is a video that makes a lot of sense for the undecided.”

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IN out

HD Warrior does not usually dip its toe into politics but the UK Referendum now only 3 days away is such an important issue for all of us I feel its time to address the main issues…this is done by Prof. Michael Dougan from Liverpool University who has studied the EU for the last 20 years and he makes no bones about his decision of staying with the UK. It only lasts 24m but will be the best 24m you will spend if you are undecided. PS. HD Warrior is for the IN campaign…the only issue I have with this video is its recorded interlaced video which looks terrible on the internet I wish producers would understand that 25i looks bad on the internet when 95% of UK professional camcorders can now record 25p.

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If your into prompting this box will be right up your street !

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DVP-100_rear copy

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H Preston Media- Sony stock levels UPDATE

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The new Sony PXW-Z150 and PXW-FS5 arrives into Malvern on Monday morning.

To deliver imaging performance previously impossible for a compact camcorder, Sony has developed the world’s first 1.0 type stacked CMOS image sensor for professional video applications. A 2x increase in read-out speed, compared to a conventional 1.0 type sensor, enables beautiful 5x slow motion image capture up to 120fps in Full HD and high resolution 4K recording with full pixel readout without binning.

The Z150’s single 20 megapixel* 1.0 type large size sensor gives you low noise and less blur because more light reaches the sensor, offering clear and steady pictures even in a dark scene with minimum illumination 1.7 lux**. The large sensor size also enables beautiful background defocusing (bokeh) to enable you to focus on what you want to show and defocus the rest of the image.


Pick it up. Wrap your hand around the sculpted Smart Grip. Line up a shot. You’ll immediately understand why Sony created the PXW-FS5. It’s the next step in Sony’s handheld revolution. Small as it is, the camera delivers uncompromising performance with Sony’s Super35 sensor, 4K onboard recording and wireless streaming. And with the CBK-FS5RIF software license, you can access the power of external RAW recording (license and RAW recorder both sold separately). The PXW-FS5. Just wait until you get your hands on it.

Both cameras will be in stock in H Preston Media from Monday  Phone 01684-575486 option 1 ask for John or Andy.

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USA 4K upgrade price £173 ?…. £273 dearer in the UK for the same paperwork !!!

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Sony X70 UK v USA

It has been brought to my attention the price difference between the Sony USA price for the 4K upgrade licence for the Sony PXW-X70 and the outrageous UK price for the exact same paperwork.

You could in theory get a friend to buy the USA paperwork and email the contents over to you saving you a massive £273.

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As usual Sony Broadcast can’t give any reason for the discrepancy but its in my opinion a disgrace that once again UK professionals get the raw end of a bad deal that should never have been £446 for 60mbps 4K upgrade, for a camera that was brought to market too soon. It took a year to bring out the 4K upgrade that comes FREE with the 100mbps domestic version of the same camera.


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Micro Review of the new Z-Axis for the DJI Osmo

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Z Review v5

DJI must have been getting some complaints from Osmo users about the bumpy pictures especially from a walking point of view so for an extra £110 you can add the Z-Axis making it a smooth as steadycam.

Z axis 2 copy3

Battery power is limiting but I have three in my kit which is more than I ever need in a days shoot, remembering you don’t use the Oslo constantly during a shoot.

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People complain about the sound from the Osmo which is fine as long as you take it away from the Osmo itself i.e. Via a radio mic. Watch my edited review on the JVC-LS300 Firmware update to see the Osmo used with a radio mic (Rt 3.25s). You can also see how the Osmo worked before the Z -Axis was installed.

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SWIT Dual battery charger for sale £60 (Canon batteries C300 etc) SOLD

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I have had this charger sitting in a box since my Canon C300. The Swit S-3602C dual channel sequential charger is compatible with Canon DV batteries used on cameras such as the Canon XF300/305, XF100/105, EOS C300 etc. It still sells online for £126 incl vat.

The price of £60 does not include postage of £7.25 (Special Delivery)

If you are interested in a bargain why not drop me a line to and we can use PayPal or bank transfer.

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The DXL from Panavision (Rental only)

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Sensor Type…16-bit, 35.5 Megapixel CMOS

Resolution…8192 x 4320

Sensor Size…Large Format: 40.96mm x 21.60mm (Diagonal: 46.31mm)

Dynamic Range…15 stops

Max Frame Rate…60 fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)

Recording Codec…8K RAW with simultaneous 4K proxy (ProRes or DNx)

Recording Media…SSD (up to 1 hour on a single magazine)

File Type   .r3d (supported in RED SDK)

Conor Profile…Light Iron Color (compatible with all popular gamuts and transfer curves)

Weight…10 lbs.

Additional Features

6 independent video outputs
Supports 6 independent 1D LUTs or up to 4 independent 3D LUTs
Directly motorize Primo 70 lenses through wireless control
Built in wirelesss timecode for genlock (Ambient Control Network)
Dual menus (Operator side, Assistant side)
Advanced airflow system for superior temperature management
Custom cheeseplate with integrated electronics
Modular and tooless quick changeover accessories

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